It’s only Day 2 and we’ve have posts and messages from all over the world. We can now add Auckland, Kuala Lumpur, the UAE, Hungary, and Fort Worth in Texas to the list, as well as so many different organisations, employers, charities, schools, colleges, universities, associations, and networks, including the International Seafarers’ Welfare & Assistance Network, all celebrating their own take on wellbeing to support their clients, members and students.
Specifics include the Auckland Health Foundation, U.K. Spa Association, Change 4 Life Sutherland, Camelot National Lottery, Modern Woman Publishing in London, Vegan Fair U.K., Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Healthy Ireland, Worcestershire Carers, National Trust, The West Bromwich Building Society, Coventry University, Coventry City Council, Philip Morris International, The Boston Consulting Group, Heads Together, EPUT (which provides NHS community health & mental health services in Bedfordshire, Suffolk and Essex), 14-19 STEM College (UTC) in Portsmouth, Nottingham Castle, Surrey County Council, Wirral MIND, Portsmouth Hospitals, and RAND Europe.
We’ve also been contacted by the West Bromwich Building Society, Banks, Legal Offices, Printing Companies, Recruitment Agencies, Security & Investigations, Construction, Flooring Experts, you name it!
Global Building Materials Company, CEMEX says they are proud to support #worldwellbeingweek by continuing to promote wellness and thanking all healthcare workers during the pandemic and always. They say that at times like this, it is particularly important to champion all aspects of wellbeing, which is what they are doing at CEMEX by adopting more than 50 Hygiene and Safety protocols that protect their people both at work and at home. Click here to download.
Focus on Mindfulness
Mindfulness is becoming increasingly mainstream. Nicole Meissner, Managing Director and Partner at BCG Digital Ventures, has spoken out about mindfulness and the impact it has on her daily life. She says "Mindfulness helps me to focus on the challenge in front of me. One at a time without guessing what happens in the future. Focused attention moves mountains. Our internal research has shown that practicing mindfulness improves collective intelligence 13% over just 10 days. It is a true performance enhancer!" For those starting out on their mindfulness journey, she says "Celebrate your beginner's mind. That’s what all mindfulness practitioners have in common: we need to look at every day and every moment with fresh eyes."
And World WellBeing Week has attracted some famous names too!
Following on from the daily meditations available from world renowned Buddhist meditator, Jack Kornfield, we can now add Audible Inc, the Amazon audiobook platform which has partnered with global publisher, Arianna Huffington. In celebration of World WellBeing Week, Audible’s free sleep and meditation collection is now available to listeners all over the world here.
There’s a reason parents don’t just “drop their kids in bed,” says Arianna. “There’s bath time, a lullaby or story time; you create a transition. As adults, we also need that, to disconnect from our work, problems, projects – so we can emerge from these times not just alive and healthy, but also better.”
What’s Happening on Wednesday
Stress Management – Brindleyplace Wellbeing – 2pm to 3pm – more info here.
Panel Discussion: Public Policy Development and Wellbeing – 3pm to 4pm (6pm UAE time) with Dr Louise Lambert, Julie Rusk (City of Santa Monica (USA), Civic Wellbeing), Mr. Khaldoun Hajaj (Head of Public Affairs and Sustainability for the Middle East, Africa and Pakistan, Standard Chartered Bank), Dr. Meg Warren (Western Washington University, USA), and Aziz Mulay-Shah (Global Communications Agency, Dubai UAE) to discuss how wellbeing should be prioritised in public policy development if the world is to achieve meaningful progress. As the world struggles to redesign its economic and social systems, there are lessons to be learned and a wellbeing framework may be a solution. Register here.
What’s Happening on Thursday
Online Exercise Session for Young People with SEND – 3pm to 4pm – Bedford Borough are organising a CAMHsPACE Zoom Online Exercise Session for Children and Young People with SEND in the region and their families. 30 mins of gentle yoga and stretching, 10 mins of mediation and 20 mins for a chat to be facilitated by two members of staff offering a safe space. More info here.
Forgiveness in the Workplace – Facebook Live at 7.30pm - What does forgiveness mean in the workplace? How much easier would it be if we could forgive ourselves or others for mistakes made? Did you know when we don’t practice forgiveness it can negatively impact on our wellbeing? Ruth Cooper-Dickson of Champs is hosting a Facebook Live on the Coffee with Coops Facebook page on Thursday at 7.30pm BST. Join her FB community group here.
What’s Happening on Friday
Mental Health & Wellbeing Show Online – Youth Wellbeing - 10am to 12noon – the event will run via Zoom. Speakers will include Carmarthenshire Youth and Children’s Association (CYCA) CEO Tracy Pike MBE, Fin O’Regan – Behaviour Consultant, Joey Bowers – Thrive Approach Relationship Manager for Wales, and Russell Prue – Education Radio Specialist. More info and register here.
Finding Your Wellbeing - Yolanda Saez Castello of Tap It Better - FB Live - 11am - Watch here.
Food and Mood – Brindleyplace Wellbeing – 2pm to 3pm – more info here.
TED Talk – the Privilege of Wellbeing with Kerri Kelly
Lakshmi Holmes, the Oceania WellBeing Consultant for EY in Auckland remarked on the incredible resources being shared for World WellBeing Week online this week, and added this TED clip with Kerri Kelly into the mix. She says: “We call it the ‘Wellbeing Gap’ – which decides who gets to be well, and who doesn’t. On paper, health and wellbeing is a human right, but in reality, access to wellness resources and life-saving support systems, is a privilege. In an evolving industry it’s vital that we broaden our scope and work even harder to understand the social, environmental and economic barriers to key health information and services.” Watch it here.
Workplace Wellbeing Resources
Digital Hub Resources – Wellbeing and Resilience both Inside and Outside of the Workplace
In celebration of #worldwellbeingweek Hemsley Fraser have shared a podcast from their digital Hub collection of online learning content. Senior Consultant Alexandra Hatfield leads a discussion on the role of wellbeing and resilience both inside and outside of the workplace. This and other useful learning topics are available here.
Staff Benefits Brochure
QA Hospital News have shared their range of benefits and wellbeing support here.
Wellbeing for Seafarers
The International Seafarers’ Welfare & Assistance Network has shared its free self-help guide for tips on taking care of your wellbeing at sea - download here.
Wellbeing for Foundation Doctors
And the Medical Defence Union (MDU) have a free health and wellbeing module to help foundation doctors to cope with the pressures of their roles during #COVID19. The course will help them to recognise warning signs in themselves and suggests steps they can take to seek support. More info here.
And Locally in Jersey
We are in the process of collating all of the activities taking place in Jersey during World WellBeing Week.
Oben Law & Regulatory
Delighted to hear that the fortunate teams at Oben Law and Oben Regulatory will finish work early tomorrow, Wednesday to enjoy the lovely weather which is forecast in Jersey, and to take a nice walk or enjoy an outdoor activity.
Meanwhile, the teams at HSBC Channel Islands & Isle of Man are celebrating World WellBeing Week with a week-long festival of events in response to the feedback from their COVID-19 Wellbeing Survey, specifically to address the impact this has had on their physical, mental and financial wellbeing. Elvina Aghajanyan, the Head of HR at HSBC CIIOM said “We want our people to see each day as an opportunity to take care of themselves, improve and be 1% better than the day before, to fall in love with taking care of themselves. Mind. Body. Spirit. To be that better version of themselves whatever their goals, level up their skills on financial health, take a mental break with Mindfulness, and start or improve their exercise routine with Zumba on Zoom.” Some of the sessions will be delivered by partners and some by their our own colleagues who are specialised in these areas.
If you are hosting your own events during World WellBeing Week, please do let us know - or share on social media using the hashtag #worldwellbeingweek
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